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September 2007 Key News
September 2007 - New Key web shipmates added in September. Pettay, James 74 - 78; Fogle, Luther 70 - 70; Luby, Robert 78 - 82. Check the Crew List for details
September 24, 2007 - We now have 35 Key shipmates who have registered their intensions of attending the 2008 April Reunion. If you are thinking of attending, please let us know so that we will be sure to get a facility big enough to hold us all. Click on Reunion 08 for more details.
September 18, 2007 - Received some nice pictures from former Key CO William Rogers, Gold Crew 89 - 92. I put them in the 1990's photo area.
September 14, 2007 - One year ago today I added a counter to the web site so that I could see if anyone at all was visiting. This morning the counter reads 8003. Now several hundred of that number is me going in to check the site every time I make a major change, but the vast majority of visitors are you guys. We now have over 900 names on the crew list and a good number check the web site regularly. I will continue to add material to keep it interesting but I need your help. Keep sending in those pictures and sea stories. Contribute material wherever you can - and thanks for visiting.
September 12, 2007 - I was visiting www.legacy.com where you can look up recent obituaries (boy was I having a boring day). I put in "SSBN 657" and two names appeared. Dooley, Joseph P. who was a TMC plank owner on the Key and Gaut, Robert "Bob" MT 75 - 76 Blue Crew. If anyone remembers Robert Gaut, please send in some details for the Eternal Patrol area. Joe Dooley is on the crew list so if any of you plank owners remember Joe, e-mail us some stories.
September 1, 2007 - September marks a couple of sad days in the history of the Key. 12 years ago today, the Key ceased to exist. "USS Francis Scott Key SSBN 657 was decommissioned on 2 September 1993 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 2 September 1993. Ex-Francis Scott Key entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington, and on 1 September 1995 ceased to exist". (Key waiting to be scrapped Picture 1 Picture 2) (Key in cutting dry dock. Key in pieces). The reason I chose the picture of the Key you see above during an emergency blow drill is that it signifies to me the rising of the Key from that Bremerton scrap yard and back into the hearts of the men that served on her.